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(Adapted with permission from ASC Style Guide, 2005)

Manuscript Formatting

 

Paper and Layout:

Letter Paper Size: 8½ in. x 11 in.

Page orientation: Portrait.

Margins:

All margins: Set at one inch (1").

Gutter: 0" (zero inch)

Header and Footer: .5" (one-half inch)

Font:

Font size: Times New Roman, 12 pt.

Limit font effects to: bold, underline, italics, superscript, and subscript.

Article will be published in black and white. Adjust colors accordingly.

Paragraph:

Paragraph: Single spaced,

Aligned left only

No indents. Only one hard return between paragraphs.

Journal Paper Length:

Length: Do not exceed 20-pages in length, including appendices. Authors of longer manuscripts seeking a waiver of this specification may request a review for waiver by sending their request to Kenneth.Sullivan@asu.edu. Such waivers will be given at the editor’s discretion.

Proceedings Paper Length:

Manuscripts shall not exceed 10-pages in length, including appendices. Longer manuscripts will NOT be accepted.

Text Styles:

Do not use any preformatted text style. (i.e., Heading 1, Body Text)

Tabs:

Do not use tabs to indent text anywhere within the document. Do not use tabs to build tables. Use the table options of your text editor. You may use the increase indent or decrease indent button of your text editor.

Bibliography:

It is not recommended to include works for further reading.

Footnotes or Comments:

Do not use footnotes or comments within manuscript. (Citations are to be placed within the text and not at the bottom of the page.).

Headers And Footers:

No headers or footers are to be placed in the document.

Language:

Language should remain non-gender specific unless germane to the content. Do not use “he/she”, “he or she” or like wordings.

Page Numbers:

Do not include page numbers in the document.

Section Breaks:

Do not include section or page breaks in the document.

Special Formats:

Do not include date and time stamps, auto text, fields, captions, cross-references, or indexes in the document.

 

 

 


Title Formatting:

 

Title:

The title is one 18 pt. space from the top of the first page.

Title font size: Times New Roman, 18 pt., bold, centered, and upper and lower case (Title Case).

The title summarizes the main idea of the manuscript, short, and descriptive of the contents. No hard returns are to be within the title.

Author's Table:

Author information will be formatted within a single table, with one aligned left 12 pt. hard return between the title and the author table.

The table size is established by setting the table's width to 100%" and alignment to "centered".

Borders and shading must be set to "none."

Authors from the same institution are placed within the same cell, joined by the word “and.” The number of cells will depend upon the number of authors from differing institutions.

The table cannot be over two cells wide, but may contain multiple rows.

The first line is (bold) and contains the author’s first name, middle initial, and surname followed by their degree i.e., Ph.D., MSCS and certifications and licenses i.e., CPC, PE. The second line (not bold) is their institutional affiliation. The third line (not bold) is their institution’s city and state.

Abstract and Key Words:

Do not include the heading "Abstract."

The abstract will be formatted within a single table, one aligned left 12 pt. return between the author table and the abstract table.

The table size is established by setting the table's width to 100%" and alignment to "centered".

The text within the table is justified left and right and is indented one-half inch from both side margins.

Borders and shading must be set to "none."

Font is 10 pt., Times New Roman, and is limited to one paragraph under 200 words.

No hard returns are to be included within the abstract.

The key words are to be included within the abstract table one hard return below the abstract. Provide no more than five key reference words. Bold only the text “Key Words:”.

 

Author Table Examples:

 

One Institution Example:

 

BOLD Author 1 (Institution 1), (Titles, Ph.D., etc.) and Author 2 (Institution 1), (Titles)

Institution 1’s Affiliation

Institution 1’s City, State and Country

 

 

Two Institution Example:

 

BOLD Author 1 (Institution 1), (Titles) and Author 2 (Institution 1), (Titles)

Institution 1’s Affiliation

Institution 1’s Affiliation, Continued

Institution 1’s City, State and Country

BOLD Author 3 (Institution 2), (Titles) and Author 4 (Institution 2), (Titles)

Institution 2’s Affiliation

Institution 2’s City, State and Country

 

 

Three Institution Example:

 

BOLD Author 1 (Institution 1), (Titles, Ph.D., etc.) and Author 2 (Institution 1), (Titles)

Institution 1’s Affiliation

Institution 1’s City, State and Country

BOLD Author 3 (Institution 2), (Titles) and Author 4 (Institution 2), (Titles)

Institution 2’s Affiliation

Institution 2’s Affiliation, Continued

Institution 2’s City, State and Country

BOLD Author 5 (Institution 2), (Titles) and Author 6 (Institution 2), (Titles)

Institution 3’s Affiliation

Institution 3’s City, State and Country

 

 

Four Institution Example:

 

BOLD Author 1 (Institution 1), (Titles) and Author 2 (Institution 1), (Titles)

Institution 1’s Affiliation

Institution 1’s Affiliation, Continued

Institution 1’s City, State and Country

BOLD Author 3 (Institution 2), (Titles) and Author 4 (Institution 2), (Titles)

Institution 2’s Affiliation

Institution 2’s City, State and Country

BOLD Author 5 (Institution 3), (Titles) and Author 6 (Institution 3), (Titles)

Institution 3’s Affiliation

Institution 3’s Affiliation, Continued

Institution 3’s City, State and Country

BOLD Author 7 (Institution 4), (Titles) and Author 8 (Institution 4), (Titles)

Institution 4’s Affiliation

Institution 4’s City, State and Country

 

 

 

 

Headings Formatting:

1st Level Headings:

Font size is 12 pt., Times New Roman, and bold.

Headings are centered, upper and lower case (Title Case).

Two (2) hard returns before the heading and one (1) hard return after the heading.

2nd Level Headings:

Font size is 12 pt., Times New Roman.

Headings are centered, italicized, uppercase and lowercase heading, 1 line space before, and 1 line space after.

3rd Level Headings:

Font size is 12 pt., Times New Roman.

Headings are flush left, italicized, uppercase and lowercase side heading, 1 line space before, and 1 line space after.

4th Level Headings:

Font size is 12 pt., Times New Roman

Headings are flush left, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period (.), 1 line space before, 3 character spaces after, paragraph begins same line.

 

 

In-text Formatting

Citations:

Citations are within parenthesis, (author's surname and publication year) within the text at the appropriate point.

All citations must refer to sources listed in the references, and all sources listed must be cited from within the text.

See the references examples for proper listing of sources.

Tables:

All tables must be created using the table function within the same word processing system as the manuscript.

No table may be included as an image file or inserted as a reference to another file document, i.e. Excel, Access.

The table size is established by setting the table's width to 100%" and alignment to "centered".

Table titles (use 12 pt.) Appear at top of table (note punctuation, capitalization, and formatting displayed by the examples) and within its own row cell.

Borders and shading must be set to "none” except the title cell, header cells, and the last cell which should have the bottom cell boundary as a 1/2 pt. line.

Column headings can be bold. Information within the table (except for the title cell) is to be formatted font size 10 pt., times roman.

There should be a hard return before and after the table. Tables in excess of 40 lines in total will be included as an appendix.

Figures:

Figures include non-text entries such as graphs, illustrations, photos, and artwork (tables are not figures).

Figures should be drawn using a suitable drawing package and embedded within the manuscript document. The use of color is not encouraged should be monitored as the journal will be printed in black and white.

Only .gif and .jpg file formats are considered acceptable. Submitted images should adhere to the resolution setting of 300 dpi.

A two (2) celled table contains the figures (center justified) and figure title (left justified).

Figures will not have borders drawn around them and should be limited to two-thirds (⅔'s) of a page.

The table size is established by setting the table's width to 100%" and alignment to "centered".

Figure titles appear in the bottom cell of the figure table (note punctuation, capitalization and formatting displayed by the examples). Do not include the figure title in the figure itself.

Bullets And Numbering

Items listed should be syntactically and conceptually parallel to the other items in the list and should be limited to itemized conclusions or steps in a procedure.

Only minimal round bullets or Arabic numerals are to be used.

The list is one space below the previous paragraph and indented 0.25" and is followed by one left justified space.

Use auto formatted only. You may format them to your specific needs.

 

 

Reference and Appendix Formatting:

 

References:

Alphabetical listing of sources that were used in the research and preparation of paper.

Appendix:

Appendices are labeled A, B, and C (when there is more than one), and are placed in the order they are first referenced in the text. Please limit number of pages. Information within the appendix is to be formatted font size 10 pt., Times New Roman.

 

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